USS Gerald R. Ford Completes First PIA

USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) successfully completed sea trials off the coast of Virginia this week, marking the successful conclusion of its inaugural Planned Incremental Availability (PIA). The milestone follows six months of modernization and maintenance work at Huntington Ingalls Industries-Newport News Shipbuilding in Newport News, Virginia. On February 28, the ship sailed to its home at Naval Station…

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Gibbs & Cox Takes on CVN 78 USS Gerald R. Ford Shock Trials

This past summer, after nearly two years of planning, budgeting, and extensive collaboration, a team of Gibbs & Cox engineers traveled to Norfolk, Virginia, and Jacksonville (JAX) Range Complex for several months to support the Full Ship Shock Trials (FSST) of the nuclear aircraft carrier, CVN 78 USS Gerald R. Ford (GRF) in support of Naval Surface Warfare Center, Philadelphia…

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USS Gerald R. Ford closes out evolutionary 18-month PDT&T

May 5, 2021 – USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) completed its 18-month post-delivery test and trials (PDT&T) period on 30 April, after finishing Combat Systems Ship’s Qualification Trials (CSSQT) in mid-April with an exceptional performance. Since the October 2019 start of PDT&T, the ship completed all required testing, certified the flight deck, embarked the air wing, accomplished work ahead…

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Ford Completes Flight Deck, CATCC Certifications

March 23, 2020 – “Man all flight quarters stations!” These words were heard across every space on USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) last week as she prepared to launch “cat” and recover “trap” aircraft from Carrier Air Wing EIGHT (CVW 8), in order to complete Flight Deck Certification (FDC) and Carrier Air Traffic Control Center (CATCC) Certification, Mar. 20.…

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Ford’s Advanced Weapons Elevators Closer to Certification

February 27, 2020 – USS Gerald R. Ford’s (CVN 78) Advanced Weapons Elevators (AWEs) reached another milestone this week with the commencement of combined testing of its first Lower Stage Weapons Elevator on Feb. 24. Engineers of Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Newport News Shipbuilding division (NNS) and assessors with Naval Surface Warfare Center, Philadelphia Division (NSWCPD) began phase 2 of testing…

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